- Plural of crooner
Crooner is an epithet
given to a male singer
of a certain style of popular songs, dubbed pop
. A crooner is a singer of popular ballad
s and thus a "balladeer".
The singer is normally backed by a full orchestra
or big band
Generally, crooners sang and popularized the songs from the
Great American Songbook
. Crooner was originally bestowed as a
negative term, and many people given the term, such as Russ
, did not consider themselves to be crooners. In an
said that he did not consider himself or Bing Crosby
to be crooners.
Crooning is a style that has its roots in the
of Italian opera
, but with the emphasis on
subtle vocal nuances and phrasing found in jazz
as opposed to elaborate
ornamentation or sheer acoustic volume
found in opera houses.
Before the advent of the microphone
, popular singers,
, had to project to the rear seats of a theater, which
made for a very loud vocal style. The microphone made possible the
more personal style. Crooning is not so much a style of music as it
is a technique in which to sing.
Some crooners, most notably Nat King
, Dean Martin
or Jean Sablon
incorporated other popular styles into their music, such as
and even native
. Crooning became the dominant form of popular vocal music
from the late 1920s to the early 1960s, coinciding with the advent
of radio broadcasting and electrical recording. For example,
(1935-1946) was heard by 50 million listeners every
After 1954 popular music became dominated by other
styles, especially rock 'n'
, while the music of latter-day crooners such as Perry Como
was recategorized as "easy
" or "adult
." Crooners have remained popular among fans of
traditional pop music, with contemporary performers such as
keeping the form alive. While both male
and female singers sang in this style, the term "crooner" is
rarely, and improperly, used to describe a female singer.
List of famous crooners
- Michael Pitts and Frank Hoffman. The Rise of the Crooners
(Scarecrow Press, 2002).
- Giddins, Gary. "A Pocketful of Dreams" Boston: (Little, Brown
and Company, 2001).
- Various Artists. "Fabulous 50's Crooners Sing Their Hard To
Find Hits" Ontario: (Hit Parade Records, 2006)
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